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We don't write what we know.  We write what we wonder about.Richard Peck
We have read your manuscript with boundless delight. If we were to publish your paper, it would be impossible for us to publish any work of lower standard. And as it is unthinkable that in the next thousand years we shall see its equal, we are, to our regret, compelled to return your divine composition, and to beg you a thousand times to overlook our short sight and timidity."

a rejection from a Chinese economic journal
Chinese publisher
We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.
Kurt Vonnegut
Wear the old coat and buy the new book.Austin Phelps
What has a writer to be bombastic about? Whatever good a man may write is the consequence of accident, luck, or surprise, and nobody is more surprised than an honest writer when he makes a good phrase or says something truthful.Edward Dahlberg
What I had to face, the very bitter lesson that everyone who wants to write has got to learn, was that a thing may in itself be the finest piece of writing one has ever done, and yet have absolutely no place in the manuscript one hopes to publish.Thomas Wolfe
What is needed is, in the end, simply this: solitude, great inner solitude. Going into yourself and meeting no one for hours on end--that is what you must be able to attain. Rainer Maria Rilke
What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure. Samuel Johnson
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within usRalph Waldo Emerson
What no wife of a writer can ever understand is that a writer is working even when he's staring out the window.Burton Rascoe
What no wife of a writer can ever understand is that a writer is working when he's staring out the window.Burton Rascoe
What we want is a story that starts with an earthquake and builds to a climax.Samuel Goldwyn
When "whom" is correct, recast the sentence.William Safire
When characters are really alive, before their author, the latter does nothing but follow them in their action.Luigi Pirandello
When Hemingway was asked what was the most frightening thing he ever encountered, answered: "A blank sheet of paper."Ernest Hemingway
When I face the desolate impossibility of writing 500 pages, a sick sense of failure falls on me, and I know I can never do it. Then gradually I write one page and then another. One day's work is all I can permit myself to contemplate. John Steinbeck
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave meErma Bombeck
When I start a book, I always think it's patently absurd that I can write one. No one, certainly not me, can write a book 500 pages long. But I know I can write 15 pages, and if I write 15 pages ever day, eventually I'll have 500 of them.John Saul
When I was a young boy they called me a liar.  Now that I'm all grown up, they call me a writer.Isaac Bashevis Singer
When in doubt, have a man come through a door with a gun in his hand.Raymond Chandler
When once the itch of literature comes over a man, nothing can cure it but the scratching of a pen.Samuel Lover
When people say to me: 'How do you do so many things?' I often answer them, without meaning to be cruel: 'How do you do so little?' It seems to me that people have vast potential. Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks. Yet most people don't. They sit in front of the telly and treat life as if it goes on foreverPhilip Adams
When you sell a man a book, you don't sell him 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life.Christopher Morley
When, however, one reads of a witch being ducked, of a woman possessed by devils, of a wise woman selling herbs, or even a very remarkable man who had a mother, then I think we are on the track of a lost novelist, a suppressed poet. . . indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.Virginia Woolf
Whenever life hands you trauma, stick it in a book.Laurie Halse Anderson
While it is impossible to make a competent writer out of a bad writer, and while it is equally impossible to make a great writer out of a good one, it is possible with lots of hard work, dedication, and timely help, to make a good writer out of a merely competent one.Stephen King
Why do writers write? Because it isn't there.Thomas Berger
Women do not always have to write about women, or gay men about gay men. Indeed, something good and new might happen if they did not.Kathryn Hughes
Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.Nathaniel Hawthorne
Words are the most powerful drug used by mankindRudyard Kipling
Write about what really interests you, whether it is
real things or imaginary things, and nothing else.
(Notice this means that if you are interested only in
writing you will never be a writer, because you will
have nothing to write about...)
C.S. Lewis
Write quickly and you will never write well. Write well, and you will soon write quickly.Marcus Fabius Quintilianus, 65 A.D.
Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it.Jesse Stuart
Write without pay until somebody offers to pay you. If nobody offers within three years, sawing wood is what you were intended for.Mark Twain
Writer's block often results from overwriting; the general has gotten too far ahead of his army and finds his supply lines cut.William Burroughs
Writer’s block is a fancy term made up by whiners so they can have an excuse to drink alcohol.Steve Martin
Writers are made, not born.Ayn Rand
Writers desire to be paid, authors desire recognition.James L. Davis
Writers like teeth are divided into incisors and grinders.Walter Bagehot
Writers seldom choose as friends those self-contained characters who are never in trouble, never unhappy or ill, never make mistakes, and always count their change when it is handed to them. Catherine Drinker Bowen
Writers should be read, but neither seen nor heard.Daphne Du Maurier
Writers who love their own work too much and too soon are usually not very good.Dean Koontz
Writers will happen in the best of familiesRita Mae Brown
Writing a novel without being asked seems a bit like having a baby when you have nowhere to live.Lucy Ellman
Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn't wait to get to work in the morning: I wanted to know what I was going to say.Sharon O'Brien
Writing comes more easily if you have something to say.Sholem Asch
Writing doesn't make you neurotic. Neurotics become writers. Nora Roberts
Writing every book is like a purge, at the end of it one is empty . . .like a dry shell on the beach waiting for the tide to come in again.Daphne Du Maurier
Writing is 1 percent inspiration, and 99 percent elimination.Louise Brooks
Writing is a cop-out. An excuse to live perpetually in fantasy land, where you can create, direct and watch the products of your own head. Very selfish.Monica Dickens
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